French federation lodges an appeal with FIM Court regarding Day 3 disqualifications at the ISDE, giving Team France a temporary stay of execution.
Team France is back atop the World Trophy team leaderboard at the 90th International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Kosice, Slovakia, although for how long is anyone’s guess.
The move came as the result of a successful appeal lodged yesterday by the the Fédération Française de Motocyclisme (FFM) against the decision of the FIM International Jury’s decision to disquallify eight riders, including members of Team France and Team USA’s Taylor Robert, for failing to navigate the established route and missing a check during Day 3 of the event. The appeal was filed with FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) in accordance with Article 4.5 of the FIM Disciplinary and Arbitration Code (CDA). The FFM successfully petitioned the CDI for an immediate stay of execution of the FIM International Jury’s decision in accordance with Article 4.8 of the CDA.
It means that, for now, all eight disqualified riders have received their times back from Day 3 and Day 4, and thanks to a successful Day 5 today, France has moved past Australia to take its first World Team Trophy lead of the event. However, the CDI’s decision is pending a further review of the incident, which will likely take place after the event has concluded. Thus, we may not know who won the 2015 ISDE until days or weeks after the champagne has been sprayed on the podium.
Of course, with Americans Kailub Russell and Thad Duvall already dropping out of the event, this latest turn of events at the ISDE did little to help the doomed Team USA World Team Trophy effort, but it did help Robert tremendously in the individual standings, moving him back to fourth overall in E2, behind fellow American Ryan Sipes, Australia’s Daniel Milner and France’s Loic Larreiu. Of thsse, the Frenchman carried the day by setting the fastest time, followed by Milner and Sipes. Robert was the sixth fastest E2 rider today. Gary Sutherlin finished 27th. Mike Brown finished eighth today in E3 but has dropped from seventh place to ninth place in the E3 overall standings.
But there was more bad news for the American effort at this year’s ISDE, as the Junior World Trophy team suffered a terminal blow when team member Nick Davis suffered an engine failure today and was unable to continue today. Despite a fine fifth-place finish in E2 by Grant Baylor and an 18th-place finish by Steward Baylor, the team is now decimated as Layne Michael already dropped out with a wrist injury on Monday, leaving only the Baylor brothers and Davis to carry onward (the best three rider scores count toward the team standings). Davis’ exit dropped the Team USA Junior World Trophy team from third to 13th. Australia continues to lead the Junior World Trophy standings, followed by Sweden and Italy.
90th International Six Day Enduro (ISDE)
Results: September 11, 2015 (Day 5 of 6)
World Team Trophy Standings (After 5 of 6 days)
1. France-19 hours, 59 minutes, 35.34 seconds
5. Great Britain-+00:20:41.40
8. Czech Republic-+00:53:13.10
Junior World Team Trophy Standings (After 5 of 6 days)
1. Australia-12 hours, 15 minutes, 10.08 seconds
5. Great Britain-+00:26:30.73
8. Czech Republic-+00:54:44.24
Women’s World Team Trophy Standings (After 5 of 6 days)
1. Australia-9 hours, 45 minutes, 49.42 seconds